ABC Nwosu was a Political aide to former president Olusegun Obasanjo who later served as a minister of Health. In an interview he granted Sun Newspapers, the professor and elder statesman talked about restructuring of Nigeria and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led current Federal Government.
“The current situation of Nigeria was not expected by anybody at the time of last general elections. Neither the PDP which I belong to nor the APC which successfully replaced us, was expecting that more than one year in power, this will be the situation . And what is the situation? Officially, Nigeria is in recession.
“Politically, we are more divided than ever. The North east problem has not quite ended. If it has quite ended, then there would not be IDPs; everybody would be back in the villages contributing to the growth of the country. To make matters worse, the South East feels that it is not a part of Nigeria under the present administration. Whether you call it IPOP or MASSOB or any name, it is playing out the typical south East philosophy that a person rejected does not reject himself.
“Now, you have the Niger Delta Avengers. You see all kinds of militant groups from the riverine areas. No matter what you make of it, It is a move borne out of the fact that the people of the area are feeling unjustly treated.The economic consequence is that we have our oil export at the lowest level. All these things that I am describing require political solution.
“The late President Umaru Yar’Adua applied a political solution and it worked. So, I don’t see why we cannot apply political solution of talking with brethren when people are feeling dissatisfied.
So, the state of the nation is not only bad but requires urgent repair.
“I am not in government, I’m not a prophet, neither am l Rev. Fr. Mbaka to see through prophecy how it can be done. All I know is that many Nigerians, good Nigerians have said, if something is not working, try to see how it can work. That’s how I see the word, restructuring. Our federation is not working. It hasn’t been working. Therefore, restructuring is the best thing that should be done now to see if it will work. But I’m baffled that a government that says Change cannot understand change, even when it comes to structures.
“You said change personnel, we accepted. Nigerians have voted your change personnel. They are saying change structure. You say no way. How and why? Because the same problem is there, you need to change structure. Change structure is restructuring. Economic change is diversification. If government says it wants to diversify, it has accepted change in diversification.
The old people have been changed, what government is finding difficult is change of structure and I don’t know why? Fine, but it is going nowhere until it changes items in the Exclusive List, even in Legislative List.
“We must re-examine that item 39 that says petroleum under the liquid, gas and solid are the exclusive preserve of the federal government. We must ask why we are still finding it difficult to pass the petroleum industry’s bill. These are the cob webs government has to remove. Restructuring is not going back to regions. I’m shocked at that kind of ignorance and nonsense. Who says restructuring is going back to regionalization?”